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Pat Sajak Biography

Birth Name:
Patrick Leonard Sajdak
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Game-show host, DJ, weatherman

Fast Facts

  • Once worked as a hotel desk clerk
  • Began career as an English-language announcer for a Spanish-language radio station in Chicago
  • Served in the U
  • S
  • Army in Vietnam as a DJ for Armed Forces Radio from 1968 to 1972
  • Worked as a DJ in Kentucky, then as a weatherman in Nashville and Los Angeles before being picked by Merv Griffin to host Wheel of Fortune
  • Hosted a late-night talk show on CBS from 1989 to 1990
  • Won Daytime Emmys for Wheel of Fortune in 1993 and 1997
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994
  • Founded his own production company, P
  • A
  • T
  • Productions
  • Hosted the short-lived Pat Sajak Weekend on Fox News in 2003
  • Supports conservative political causes
  • Is an avid hockey and baseball fan


  • 1987People's Choice Awards-Favorite Game Show Host: winner


  • David Sajdak -- Brother
  • Maggie Marie Sajak -- Daughter
  • Sherrill -- Ex-wife
  • William Backal -- Half Brother
  • Joyce Backal -- Mother
  • Patrick Michael James Sajak -- Son
  • Walter Backal -- Stepfather
  • Mason -- Stepson
  • Lesly Brown -- Wife